What's in Bloom: Himalayan blue poppy

In Juneau we are fortunate enough to live where Meconopsis "Lingholm", the Himalayan blue poppy, thrives. Juneau's climate mimics their rain-soaked, native habitat on the sub-alpine slopes and meadows of the Himalayas. Their opening in late spring is one of the most anticipated days of the year at the Jensen Olson Arboretum.

Here in Juneau we are fortunate enough to live where Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’, the Himalayan blue poppy, thrives.

Juneau’s climate mimics their rain-soaked, native habitat on the sub-alpine slopes and meadows of the Himalayas. Their opening in late spring is one of the most anticipated days of the year at the Arboretum. The other-worldly, deep, sky blue blossoms are a color rarely found in the plant world. The large flowers rise to almost 4 feet tall from clumps of fuzzy, strap-like leaves.

They grow well here in a sunny position with a rich, well-drained organic soil. Plants may often be purchased at the annual Mother’s Day plant sale or may be grown from seed. Meconopsis is from the Greek words mekon (poppy) and opsis (appearance) referencing their similarity to true poppies (Papaver).

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